Early Hou captures the days of youth wonderfully, without becoming overly (melo)dramatic. The children behave very natural, they're not a bunch of angels as the things that aren't pretty esp. animal cruelty are also included. Nice scenery (but not jawdropping)- you can totally see how children play alongside the river, every now and then leaving the water to avoid floating cow dung.
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Entertaining but this must be one of the silliest movie I've seen (spoilers ahead):
So this master plan consists of dressing up as an old lady and Baby Herman, renting a huge bird store with the odd chimpansee, hiring an employee to boot, pretending your parrots talk which is easy if you're a ventriloquist, sell the gabby birds in scores to your filthy rich customers, await their angry phone call for lack of conversation on the bird's part, drop by…
Didn't expect too much but Au Bonheur des Dames is a wonderful movie with intriguing plot, dynamic camera movement and editing and good overall acting. And it's impossible not to fall for Dita Parlo's bedroom eyes and charming smile. Highly recommended for silent movie fans.